Only in San Francisco…

…can you end up spending the evening in a pub with two Irishmen and a homeless guy you just met. But more about that in just a moment. I’ll tell you how I ended up there in a bit.

In case you are one of the unaware, I was in San Francisco for the Blogher Food 2009 Conference. I was lucky enough to have Nasoya sponsor me for the trip. I totally appreciated it!  Because of Nasoya I was able to enjoy San Francisco and the Bay Area and have a great time meeting people and learning new photography tips.

Turkish Coffee Ice Cream

When I registered for the conference, I decided I wanted to drive up the coast of California and use the time to reflect and think. I stopped along the way in Santa Barbara for wonderful freshly made ice cream and in San Luis Obispo for a 1/2 sandwich and salad. I also drove by my childhood home and neighborhood in San Jose and my college campus in Santa Clara.sand

All said and done, it took me 12 hours to get to San Francisco.  Near the hotel there was a pub full of people so I went in and ordered a Guinness and some food.  I’ve recently discovered that you can’t be a woman alone at a bar without a man coming up to you no matter how uninterested you look. And I’ve tried to look uninterested, usually by being deeply engrossed in a book.

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After being seranaded  by a guy who wouldn’t leave me alone {that’s another story for another day}, an Irish guy came up to the bar and ordered 3 Guinness {Guinnesses? Guinni? What’s the plural?} and 3 whiskeys. He saw I was alone, said something about me being cute, and invited me to sit with his friend and a homeless guy he found on the street. It sounded fun, so I did. I’m all about new experiences…anyway it turned out to be a fun evening with a great conversation. It was definitely a cool start to a fantastic weekend.

I need to detox from all the good food and drink I consumed over the weekend.  Instead of just Vegan Tuesday, I’m eating vegan all week. Well, all week until Friday night when I’m back in Las Vegas. :P I used Nasoya Organic Extra-Firm Tofu to make Mark Bittman’s Braised Tofu and Peas in Curried Coconut Milk from his How To Cook Everything Vegetarian. It was an easy weeknight dinner and reheated well for my work lunch. I ate it over brown basmati rice. YUM!

You can find the recipe HERE.

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21 thoughts on “Only in San Francisco…

  1. Ciao ! Wow you drove a long way ! I wish I could go back to Santa Barbara some times !Do you live far from there ? (not in las vegas ?) That braised tofu looks great ! I wish we had the choice you have with tofu we only have one kind !

  2. You are so much fun, I never know what I am going to read when I come over here! The recipe looks great…I need to figure out how to cook more of these things…you have a way of making them all look so wonderful.

  3. Never a dull moment in CA! ;)
    Glad I got to meet you, even if only for a sec. I didn’t realize you were going to be there, or I’d have tried to get with you more! Next time.

  4. Nope I can honestly say that I would have never been approached. But hey I am living vicariously through you. What a cool experience. Wow I would love to know more about how the homeless guy got there and how everyone interacted, etc, Very cool. Good gats I am impressed by your daringness! Wonderful.

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